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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest that accompanied my interview with Megan Caldwell!

The winner of the Amazon gift card is:

Lorelie L!

I’ve sent you an email. (Quick response!!! Gift Card sent.)

In a truly shocking result, the winner of the shoe-off is:

Megan Caldwell

I know! Hard to believe that 75% of people voted for Megan’s boots.

A wee confession. I voted for myself multiple times. So my defeat is all the more resounding.


Interview with Author Megan Caldwell with Contest AND Shoe-Off Poll

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Yay!!! My good friend Megan is visiting here today to answer questions, talk about her new book, and submit to a Shoe-Off. (Dun dun dun!!!) There’s a poll AND a contest.

Hello Megan!

About Megan Caldwell

Photo of Megan Caldwell. Pale skin, very dark hair. Black eyeglass frames and a black shirt.Megan Caldwell grew up in a remote town in New Hampshire where she devoured every book of fiction in her well-read parents’ library. An English literature major at Barnard College with double minors in political science and religion, Megan wrote and edited reviews for a music industry magazine for fifteen years. Eventually, she became editor-in-chief and went on to develop conference programs for the industry. Now she is the community manager for Heroes and Heartbreakers, a romance novel website, where she blogs daily as Megan Frampton about the fiction she reads. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Twitter: @meganf
Facebook: megancaldwellbkny

About Vanity Fare

Cover of Vanity Fare by megan Caldwell. Plate of Cookies sitting on a stacka of books.Molly Hagan is overwhelmed.

Her husband left her for a younger, blonder woman; her six-year-old son is questioning her authority, and now so is she. In order to pay her Brooklyn rent and keep her son supplied with Pokémon and Legos, not to mention food and clothing, she has to get a job—fast.

So when an old friend offers Molly a freelance position copywriting for a new bakery, finding romance is just about the last thing on her mind. But the sexy British pastry chef who’s heading up the bakery has other thoughts. And then so does Molly, when she meets the chef’s intimidating business partner—who also happens to have a secret that might prevent Molly from getting her own happily ever after.

What they’re Saying

First – this book was hilarious! I was texting my daughter parts and she would “LOL” back. Then I had to just call her and read her a whole page because it was too long to text. There were parts where I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my face. This book was very quirky, quippy, snarky, and sarcastic and I loved it for it! A book after my own heart! Wall-to-wall-books

Molly’s journey towards financial and emotional independence is a wonderfully witty, charming, and yummy tale that is sure to appeal to readers and foodies alike. Caldwell’s debut is a winner across the board and a perfect addition for everyone’s romance shelf. Tori Benson, via Goodreads

Grade: A-
Reading this book is like sitting down with a friend and talking about her life. Molly is complete and well-drawn, with intelligence, flaws, fantasies, a snarky voice, and a great sense of humor. She’s the kind of woman you know—or maybe wish you knew. You sort of want to punch her ex-husband, and you definitely want to hug her kid…even if you don’t generally like kids in books. Laura C: The Good, The Bad, and The Unread

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt at Heroes & Heartbreakers

Where to Get Vanity Fare



Q: When you were working on this book, did you ever get hungry? Also, I have heard that you are making some of the items from the bakery in the book. Spill.

A: I am usually hungry, so yes, I did get hungry in the course of writing the book. I love food, I love all kinds of food except for lima beans. I did try to make one of the recipes along with my much more organized friend and author Liz Maverick; our results are here: Do Readers Actually Make Recipes in Novels, Romance at Random

I don’t think I’m going to attempt any more, not at this time. I kind of suck as a cook; I can follow recipes,  and I like eating, of course, but I am not good beyond that.

Q:. Your family has a pet. Can you tell us about the kitty? Does she help you write? Do you have a picture? My cat Abu was stuck in a tree for three days. Do you worry your cat will be stuck in a tree?

A: We got Kiki over the summer as a kitten (a rescue), and MAN do I love this kitty. She’s all black with green eyes, and she’s quite wee, just under five pounds. I was brought up to believe I had OMGDEATHLYHOSPITAL allergies, so this is the first pet I have ever had and been allowed to keep (my mom fed my pet gerbils to a boa constrictor. Thanks, Mom!). Kiki is a strictly indoors cat, so she won’t get stuck in any trees, although she has a tendency to want to sneak under our bed, because she’s not allowed in our bedroom, so of course it makes it the most appealing room EVER. I can’t imagine having a cat stuck in a tree for three whole days! Yikes!

Q:. OK, I didn’t know this was a thing, but apparently it is. Three people, which one do you marry, which one do you kill, and which one do you have mad intimate relations with. I am going to make this really hard for you:

1. Richard Armitage
2. Gerard Butler
3. Clive Owen

A: This is a snap, because Gerard Butler is totally not my steez. I would fuck Richard Armitage until the cows come home (stay out late, cows, okay?), I would marry Clive Owen, and I would kill Gerard Butler because, dude, your film choices and your hair have both been sliding downhill for awhile now.

Q. Answer this in 3 seconds: Cupcakes or Tarts? Why (you can take longer than 3 seconds to answer to why part)

A: Tarts! I agree with my son when he announced cakes are just bread with frosting, and since cupcakes are smaller than that, I would have to go for a tart. Tarts have buttery, flaky dough, and cupcakes are cute to look at, and all, but not for eating. So tarts. Plus the word—TART. Love it.

Q: You have actual style. Do you have any advice for those of us who don’t? How can we fake it?

A: Wear only a few colors (make sure they go together, so no tangerine and asparagus). I wear a TON of black (yes, I live in NYC, it’s a requirement). Everything matches, and you always look put together.

Q: This book has a journey. Please tell us about that.

A: A journey as in it went somewhere? It went all over the place—I wrote it just for ME, even though I didn’t think of myself as a contemporary author, much less someone who would write something that could be called ‘women’s fiction.’ Because, ugh, women’s fiction sounds so pigeonhole-y and dismissive. But anyway. I started writing it, and it was a blast, and I felt like I had to finish it, and I went and queried agents, and nobody wanted to represent it, not even the agent who said she read it and laughed out loud, because she couldn’t think where to sell it. But then I was at a conference with an author friend who was getting into agenting, and I got drunk with her and we talked about books, and I sent her a copy of my first—and heretofore only—published book, A Singular Lady, prior to her taking a long plane ride to South Africa. I asked if she wanted to see a proposal of Mothering Heights (which was what Vanity Fare was first called), and she said yes, and she asked for the whole thing, and she said she wanted to represent it. We agreed to work together, she sent it out a lot of places, where it got rejected, and then it got TWO offers, both from excellent publishers. I went with William Morrow.

Q: What the hell is it with boots in NY? Seriously. Here in my part of California the people who wear boots are cowboys, someone stopping at the coffee place on their way home from riding their horse, and people from NY.

A: Boots are so practical! You can wear them through bad weather, and puddles, and snow, and with and without tights, and under jeans, and with dresses, and they’re kick-ass. And—guess what I’m wearing RIGHT NOW?

Q. What’s next for you?

I’m writing a Regency-set historical called What Not to Bare, which is a far cry from Vanity Fare, except that once again there’s a hot British guy in it. I can only write my characters if I have a real person in mind for them, and for this book, the hero looks a LOT like British male model David Gandy.

The Shoe off Poll

photo of a black, low heeled boot. Megan is wearing it.

Megan’s Boot


Carolyn's light purple canvas slip on shoe.

Carolyn’s Shoe

Who has the better footwear? Megan Caldwell or Carolyn Jewel? Don’t worry, I will NOT release the Hounds Of Hell no matter who you vote for.

And the winner of the shoe-off is....

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All right, people, a $20 Amazon gift certificate goes to one random commenter who asks Megan a question. Bonus Karma points for telling us what shoes you’re wearing.

Rules: Must be 18 or over to enter. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. International is OK IF AND ONLY IF it’s not void or illegal where you live and Amazon will let me send you the gift certificate. Contest closes midnight PST January 15, 2013.


3 Copies of Not Proper Enough Up for Grabs at Writerspace

Friday, October 12th, 2012

I have a guest blog over at Writerspace where I’m giving away 3 copies of Not Proper Enough. Leave a comment to enter!

Right now, your chances are 100% since there are no comments yet!


10 Copies of Not Proper Enough up for grabs at Goodreads!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel

Not Proper Enough

by Carolyn Jewel

Giveaway ends October 23, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win



Not Proper Enough Winners!

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Winners of Not Proper Enough!

  • Kaetrin
  • Elizabeth
  • Lisa
  • Kim
  • Aretha

I’ve sent you an email but if you don’t see it, feel free to send me your full name and mailing address. If I don’t here from you by August 31, I’ll select another winner.


Not Proper Enough! 5 Copies Available Here!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Today, 10 copies of Not Proper Enough arrived in the mail. That’s right. 10.


I will give away 5 of them here to people who will read the book and post an est review at a favorite vendor,  and/or tell other people about my book.

I’ll be giving away copies at the Risky Regencies (Check my Wednesday August 15 post) and Twitter.

I would give some away directly at Facebook, but they have pretty strict rules about that sort of thing, so FB people, leave a comment here and you’re in.

If you follow me on Twitter, well, follow along!


Void where prohibited. Must be 18 or older to enter. No purchase necessary. Post a comment to this post by Midnight Pacific on Friday August 17, 2012. International OK.

It would be awesome, but not required, to mention your favorite flower or your favorite color of flower. I like orange zinnias. They’re really pretty.

Note: By “honest” review, I mean exactly that. Your review should say what you think about the story.


Not Proper Enough Giveaway!

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Berkley is giving away 25 copies of Not Proper Enough at Goodreads!!!

To enter, go here



Sunday, August 5th, 2012

The winners of the Book give away are:

  • Tiffany B: Romantic Suspense
  • Barbara E: Paranormal
  • Chelsea B: Historical
  • Nani M: YA
  • Timothea: Contemporary

I’ve sent out emails, so check your inboxes and spam folders. I’ll need your complete mailing addresses to get the books into the mail.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks for entering the contest.


Book Giveaway

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I came home from the RWA conference with a lot of books. And I am going to give them away. I have 5 batches of books and you can enter to win any or all of the batches:

  • Paranormal
    1. A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, Terry Spear
    2. Lethal Rider, Larissa Ione
    3. Into the Dreaming, Karen Marie Moning
  • Romantic Suspense
    1. Hide From Evil, Jami Alden (signed)
    2. Beg for Mercy, Jami Alden (signed)
    3. Run from Fear, Jami Alden (signed)
  • Historical
    1. Devil’s Bride, Stephanie Laurens
    2. The Untamed Bride, Stephanie Laurens
    3. A Night to Surrender, Tessa Dare (RITA winning author!)
    4. Thief of Shadows, Elizabeth Hoyt
    5. Confessions of an Improper Bride, Jennifer Haymore (signed)
    6. Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, Jennifer Haymore (signed)
    7. Pleasures of a Tempted Lady, Jennifer Haymore (signed)
  • Contemporary
    1. Sunrise Point, Robyn Carr
    2. Heartstrings and Diamond Rings, Jane Graves
    3. Black Ties and Lullabies, Jane Graves
    4. About That Night, Julie James
  • YA
    1. The Taker, Alma Katsu
    2. Abandon, Meg Cabot
    3. Embrace, Jessica Shirvington


Void where prohibited. Must be 18 or older to enter. No purchase necessary. The winner(s) will be notified by email. If I don’t hear from you after a week, I will select an alternate winner. International OK. If you’re related to Carolyn Jewel, you aren’t eligible to enter.

Winner chosen at random.

How to Enter

Leave a comment to this post. If you have a preference as to which bundle you’d prefer, indicate that. Otherwise, I’ll assume you would like a chance at all of them.

It would be awesome if your comment mentioned your favorite kind of cookie.

Contest closes at Midnight Pacific, Saturday, August 4, 2012.




Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Through the magic of, the winner from Hanna Martine’s interview is:


Congratulations, Shellie. Hanna will be contacting you so check your email!